Perfect Picture Book Friday! The Fox Forest Band by Lisa E. Lindman

Susanna Leonard Hill has a feature on her blog called Perfect Picture Book Friday. It is a list of “perfect” picture books recommended by all sorts of people. I chose this book because we need good anti-bullying books in our lives and this one has a unique story.

foxforestThe Fox Forest Band
Written by Lisa E. Lindman
Illustrated by Chandra Wheeler

30 pages – ages 5+
Published by Hugo House Publishers on March 20, 2015

Theme- Bullying/Standing up

Genre- Fiction

Opening and Synopsis- Opening Lines: “Once upon a time, there was a wood.

Old and beautiful the forest stood.

The creatures there were kind and wise

and lived out happy animal lives.”

Synopsis from GoodReads:A happy group of forest animals are stopped cold by a wizard’s enchanted fog that whispers their greatest fears. The animals think they have to run away but a brave fox gives them a better idea. He shows them how to stand up for themselves and how to handle the problem at its source.
Join the fox and his friends as they figure out how to defeat a bully wizard—and have fun in the process!

What I Thought- I really liked the message in this book – if you find a way to stand up for yourself, you should do it. The writing is very playful, and has created a fun setting for a great story. The book has awesome watercolor illustrations throughout the story, too. They add an extra dimension to the book. The story has nice rhyme to it. I like how the book is teaching a lesson of standing up for yourself in a sneaky way – it’s wrapped in a fun story. The lesson of the story and the illustrations really make this one a stand out! I enjoyed reading the book.

Activities and Resources-

PACER’S National Bullying Prevention Center’s website is PACKED with resources for home and in the classroom. Visit the site HERE. and are great websites designed for kids to use.

To learn more about The Fox Forest Band, visit the official website HERE.


To find more Perfect Picture Books please visit Susanna Hill’s blog HERE!

Categories: Age 1-5, Perfect Picture Book Friday

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14 replies

  1. First of all, the linky you posted doesn’t work. Glad I found the owner. I really love the concept behind this book. A bully wind in the forest and the animals learning to stand up for themselves. Like the illustrations too. A unique bully book for kids.

  2. Thank you so much Erik! So glad you liked my book! 😃

  3. Yes this sounds like a good book for all the reasons you pointed out, and yet, the idea of a whispering fog is oddly appealing!

  4. Another good book for the little ones!

  5. I like the idea behind the book.

  6. Great premise for a picture book!

  7. A book that teaches children to stand up for themselves sounds like one that should be read in every classroom. Thanks for sharing this book. I’m off to the library to check out this book!

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